PORTLAND, Maine — Law enforcement officials are investigating alleged embezzlement at the office of a former high-profile defense lawyer in Portland, Maine.

WCSH-TV reports (http://on.wcsh6.com/2qsVazC ) that if the allegations in a civil lawsuit are correct then it would be one of the largest embezzlement cases in Maine.

The civil lawsuit filed on behalf of the Daniel G. Lilley Law Offices accuses a former employee of forging Lilley’s signature on checks to obtain more than $800,000 over five years.

Lilley, who died in March, successfully defended Tony DiMillo of DiMillo’s Restaurant against tax charges and won an acquittal for a woman who shot her husband so many times she had to reload.

More recently, Lilley represented the accused business partner of a Zumba instructor who turned her dance studio into a brothel in Kennebunk.